Rumor: PSP2 Images Hit the Streets

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Rumor: PSP2 Images Hit the Streets

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Images of the PSP2 development kit have reportedly leaked out, confirming some of the new handheld's new features.

Sony's successor to the PSP, dubbed the PSP2 for now, exists, this much we know for sure. Details on the handheld are still secret, but newly leaked photos of what is reported to be a PSP2 development kit may confirm a few of its abilities.

VG247 confidently states that these are genuine photos of a version of the PSP2's development kit. While these photos show a sliding design similar to that of the PSPgo, they evidently aren't of the handheld's most recent development kit which is one solid block. Keep in mind that the system's form isn't final until Sony officially announces it.

However, these photos do show off some of what the PSP2 will be able to do, if real. It has a rear trackpad, as rumored, in addition to dual analog sticks. There are cameras on both the front and back, just like with the Nintendo DSi, and it also has a microphone to yell in and an HD screen.

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More information about the system's internal capabilities hasn't been released, so its rumored level of extreme power still can't be confirmed. Most of the other rumors surrounding the device have turned out to be true, so don't be surprised if Sony ends up putting a mini-nuclear reactor in our hands with the PSP2.

The most intriguing aspect of the PSP2 to me is the rear trackpad. In my mind, it could allow for some kind of touchscreen control while also becoming a button that can be tapped when using the dual analog sticks. Whatever it ends up being used for, I hope it'll be interesting. According to rumors, the PSP2 could be released as early as the holidays of 2011, so expect an announcement around E3 next year.

Source: VG247

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I'm reminded of all the Xbox 720 pictures...

Fairly interested...
The trackpad is much more innovative then I would've expected from sony.

I'm hoping that flip-up design isn't kept. Makes the whole damn thing look oddly fragile. Still, dual analog sticks is something to be excited about. Thanks for making us wait for 'em all these years, Sony.

I shall not hold my breathe too long =/

Wow, it sucks.

I don't think the controls are made for creatures with opposite thumbs.

It looks good but I hope it switches where the analog sticks are.

Hmm...well I'm still gonna remain as skeptical as always until I hear from the horses mouth, but none the less it's interesting. Even though this is supposedly a older or working design, it seems alright for the most part. The only thing I would change from it are the orientation of the track pad and right stick.

Flip the position of the face buttons and the right stick so it's more "360 like", it's ultimately a more comfortable and less awkward design. I can cope with what is there, but they just seem a little too far off to the sides and I can see some people having trouble holding it if you're gonna be putting shooters on it.

The track pad I'd put on the right side (that's if the whole backside isn't a track pad) of the system as well behind the face buttons, it just seems more logical and again, comfortable. Your left hand is already working movement and junk, you don't want it busy with the touch pad as well.

Also, there better be backwards compatibility in some way be it a UMD drive add on or having some legal way to make ISOs of our games. I still wanna play my PSP1 games dammit. And that D-pad better not be the final design, the original segmented D-pad was great, and made the system awesome for fighting games.

Now all we need are actual tech specs and battery life and color me excited.

I'm going to be a bit optimistic and believe that if this is the real deal then it's just a prototype shell for the dev-kits in which case things could change following test play and things. If that's the case then I'm excited. The full analog control and the possibilities of the track pad (which I assume would be to sub in for adding more triggers) are pretty exciting. The only thing that could probably make me even more happy is if they're managed to find a way to make true raised analog sticks instead of nubs.

The design is lackluster. But lets see what comes out of it officialy.

Sony's definitely not going to let this thing be out-powered by the 3DS- that much I can guarantee. At least they finally have a truly unique feature, (if it does have a track pad on the back) and while I'm all for change, I don't really see why the analogue sticks are positioned the way they are. They should either swap the thumbsticks with the d-pad and buttons, or sacrifice their goddamn symmetry and flip the right side....honestly, how awkward will it be for most people to have go up from the buttons on the right to find the right thumbstick?

Personally, I think it looks pretty uncomfortable. Something about the control positioning just looks like it'll be strenuous. The buttons should be more above of where the base of the thumb will be.

Oh god not another microphone, unless they implement properly (I reaaaaally doubt it) I'd rather see it going the way of the dodo.

Well all I have to say is that if this is true then Sony better have learned it's lesson from the PSPGo debacle and put some sort of disc format if they want it to sell out side of japan.

seriously, why don't they just let the psp thing die? seriously i have never seen a good game for it that wasn't a port of a ps2/ps3 game. double or nothing says the combination of the mic and "trackpad", whatever the hell that is, is going to be a disaster

By golly thats an ugly looking thing O.o

The joysticks are also in the wrong place, it looks rather awkward to use...

Oh wells, I'll have to make my judgement when official photo's come out of the device... if these are legit photo's, that is.

shadowstriker86:
seriously, why don't they just let the psp thing die? seriously i have never seen a good game for it that wasn't a port of a ps2/ps3 game. double or nothing says the combination of the mic and "trackpad", whatever the hell that is, is going to be a disaster

I take it you never heard of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite or Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker?

You know, the pictures have arrows marking different things about the PSP2 that are important (like the analog sticks, track pad, etc.) but you know what isn't marked? A place to hold your game, i.e. a disc slot. That might not bode well.

is it just me or do those analogue sticks look like the cheep one on the original psp.

shadowstriker86:
seriously, why don't they just let the psp thing die? seriously i have never seen a good game for it that wasn't a port of a ps2/ps3 game. double or nothing says the combination of the mic and "trackpad", whatever the hell that is, is going to be a disaster

NDS is a platform for Disney crap, PSP has spin-ofs...
neither is truly awesome, yet for me PSP always seemed a bit better choice because it could actually do something besides games (and it also has some emulators which is nice)

As for the PSP2 I don't really like it's PSPgo style, my favourite PSP was the original since it was a bit more rigid than later versions. I fear it could be very fragile, and I still don't get Sony's obsession with cramming the additional stuff in it (touchpad, mic, cameras...). Also - no backwards compatibility - no buy!

Just make a PS3 controller with a screen, I'll buy it

Two thumbsticks= win.

That's all I really needed to see.

It could be really good. Just don't mess it up, Sony.

Layzor:
Just make a PS3 controller with a screen, I'll buy it

Hire him^

I swear thats all they need. Well maybe without the L2 and R2 buttons.

Am I the only one who thought FINALLY!, when they saw the dual analogue sticks?

Layzor:
Just make a PS3 controller with a screen, I'll buy it

Yes, a PS3 controller in your pockeet would be so comfortable and portable :P

OT: Eh, I'm not much of a handheld gamer in general to begin with, but this does look interesting. I was meaning to get a PSP, but laziness and disinterest with most handhelds put me off of it.

Let's see what Sony come up with here. Say what you will about the PSP franchise, it is not dead. Anything will look "dead" compared to the DS franchise, and 60 million units is nothing to scoff at. It would be a damn shame if Sony was to get dragged off the handheld scene, Nintendo needs some competition damnit!

VicunaBlue:
Am I the only one who thought FINALLY!, when they saw the dual analogue sticks?

Not at all. I have an original PSP-1000. Hopefully this one will be better than the original software wise. But a lot of the software fail was because of the failure to include the second stick. Shooters were terrible. As long as it is more powerful then my cell phone, and can do its share of my portable media needs that my phone does not already do, I may get it. We'll see.

well that looks so fake.

theriddlen:
Wow, it sucks.

I don't think the controls are made for creatures with opposite thumbs.

....Mainly because opposite thumbs do no exist.

I give it a two opposable thumbs up!

This thing better not be 'download' games only.

I'm not impressed, at all. Sony's playing catch up with Nintendo and all they do is add a second thumbsticj in an akward position and... what the hell am I supposed to do with that "trackpad"?

The PSP should die already, Sony's poking a dead horse with a stick.

Asuka Soryu:
This thing better not be 'download' games only.

Lol guess what?

Ahlycks:

Asuka Soryu:
This thing better not be 'download' games only.

Lol guess what?

Guess I'm gone to avoid this thing.

Asuka Soryu:

Ahlycks:

Asuka Soryu:
This thing better not be 'download' games only.

Lol guess what?

Guess I'm gone to avoid this thing.

Hey, downloading is not THAT bad. Get ps1 games and no whirring noises and no scratched up games.

Too bad now you need to worry about losing unmarked small as fuck memory chipz.

Ahlycks:

Asuka Soryu:

Ahlycks:
Lol guess what?

Guess I'm gone to avoid this thing.

Hey, downloading is not THAT bad. Get ps1 games and no whirring noises and no scratched up games.

Too bad now you need to worry about losing unmarked small as fuck memory chipz.

1: Wireless out here is bad/I don't have wireless nor intend to get wireless internet.

2: I like to have the actual games, for my library/incase I need some quick change I can sale the game.

3: Don't care for PS1 games.

To me, this is just an updated PSP Go and I'm not buying into that.

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